SINGAPORE - To earn a quick buck, a property agent defrauded his clients through a range of methods such as forging their signatures on tenancy agreements and ensuring that the rent they paid was transferred to his own bank account.
Joe Tan Kia Hian, who was a marketing director at real estate firm Huttons Asia, then fled to Malaysia and duped his family into handing over cash after claiming that he had been kidnapped. His offences involved $88,200 and he has been sacked by the company.
Tan, 41, was jailed for a year and 11 months on Thursday (Feb 28).
He pleaded guilty to five cheating charges, three counts of criminal breach of trust and a forgery charge. Eighteen other charges were considered during sentencing.
The court heard that his offences led to $59,400 in losses and he has made no restitution.
In February 2017, Tan hatched a plan to cheat a Filipino married couple and their landlady, who owned a unit at the Guillemard Edge condominium in Geylang.